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Vanishing point

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Where we are physically and what we sense around us determines our point of view whether we want it to or not. This is most observable and obvious with sight. Everywhere the gaze goes it encounters infinity. Up or down or 360 degrees around the eyes seek the vanishing point. The vanishing point allows perspective and thus orientation in our world. But also, everyone is a vanishing point or a point zero, the immediate, real place or entity.  With people being human, each of our own personal points is different; and since these are different so are all the things we see and sense from our own personal points.  We all see things differently, maybe even radically differently since we see from different places.  Sometimes we may touch at the edges of our personal vanishing points and sometimes we can overlap, in pairs or in groups. Groups may have something in common such as a common general idea or focus which brings them together; like the leaves on a tree, they can overlap and mingle with one another but ultimately they are separate and must have a different view of the world than anyone else. How differently would a group of people who consider themselves a fairly tight-knit group view the tree in the photograph. Would there be one who doesn’t even see it as a tree? Would there be one who sees it as something to use? Or one who sees only beauty or ugliness in it? We can’t know what others think from their own vanishing points unless we ask. And how often do we do that and actually listen to the answer. The question is do we want to become more knowledgeable about one another or leave more knowledge of our world alone?


Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

One thought on “Vanishing point

  1. My vanishing point is different than everyone elses? Maybe my vanishing point is bitterness and everyone else sees sweet. Maybe that’s why I don’t like others. If only they would agree with everything I said, then we might have something.

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